Fasching (Masquerade Ball) 2012
Dayton Liederkranz-Turner will celebrate Fasching with a Masquerade Ball on Saturday, February 18, 2012 from 7:30 - 11:30pm.

Gebhard Erler will provide our music entertainment for the evening. The majority of those attending come in costumes of all kinds with a parade of costumes and prizes. **

Admission is $8 per person, but if you Wear a costume you'll receive $1 off at the door! Costume Parade for the Prince & Princess at 8:15pm. Prizes awarded for Most Original, Best Single, Best Couple, and Best Group. **

Food & beverages will be available for purchase. The Prinz Rick and Prinzessin Constance Ordeman preside over the ceremonies and welcome everyone to fun.

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February 18, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. Liederkranz Clubhouse, 1400 East 5th St, Dayton OH $8 per person, $1 off w/ Costume

Fasching, Fasnacht, and Karneval all describe a season of celebration in Germany and in Catholic countries. This pre-Lenten period is celebrated with parades, masks, costumes, food, drink and all kinds of tomfoolery. It is a time of the "fool" who, from behind his/her mask, can say and do outrageous things with impunity.

"The capital if Karneval is Cologne. Officially, the carnival season begins on the eleventh day of the eleventh month at 11 o’clock and 11 minutes with the first meeting of the "Council of Eleven." Together with other "Fool’s Guilds", they plan the carnival festivities, which reach their climax in a huge Rose Monday parade with floats representing satirical, political and traditional topics". The parade, as well as the entire carnival season, is presided over by the Triumverate, the Dreigestirn. It consists of Prinz Karneval and the Maiden. All over town, people don costumes and shouts of Koele Alaaf are heard everywhere." **

"Other large cities, most notably Munich, celebrate Fasching in much the same style, with masked balls, parties and parades. The market women of the Viktualienmarkt (an open-air market) dance in comical costumes, and every seven years the Coopers Guild performs its traditional hoop dance." **

"In the small villages of southern Germany, people celebrate Fasnacht. Here too, masks are worn and much feasting takes place". Typical of the southern German Fasnacht is the use of beautifully and elaborately carved wooden masks. Recurring over and over again are figures of "Wise Fools" with smooth, pale faces, scary witches with grotesque feathers and animal masks of all kinds." **

"German-American organizations celebrate this period of the year on a larger or smaller scale, depending on their size and resources. Almost all clubs organize a Maskenball (masquerade ball). People come in costume and masks to dance incognito until late in the evening, when there is a costume parade, prizes awarded and everyone takes off the mask. This often leads to some surprises; the lovely lady with whom you danced all evening might turn out to be a man." **

"Whether Fasnacht, Fasching or Karneval, German-American groups celebrate the pre-Lenten season with the same joy and abandon as their European relatives." **

**from German-American Life. Penfield Press.

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